Saturday, March 23, 2002  

Khushaali comes to Kharaudi
by Reeta Sharma

MANY Punjab politicians, various sants and babas, and institutional heads have been visiting foreign lands to woo non-resident Indians (NRIs) to invest in the state or to donate money for a ‘worthy’ cause. The NRIs, on their part, have many a time contributed handsomely and helped uplift the backwardness prevailing in their home ground. However, there have been many occasions when they have been cheated by people who sought funds from them only to fill their own coffers.

Weaving dreams with fragrance of pines
Ashwini Bhatnagar
ITTLE dollops of ice candy fell on the head. They had been loosened from the cones of the pine trees by a brilliant sun. Sitting atop the green branches of the lush trees, the snow seemed surreal; more so when the shafts of brilliant yellow sunlight either bounced off the white topping or pierced through it.

Mairi Mela: A symbol of amity and devotion
Naresh Himachali
HE seat of Baba Barbhag Singh at Mairi is a prominent place of worship in North India. Each year, as many as 10 lakh people converge at this tiny village, 42 km from Una on the Amb-Hamirpur highway in Himachal Pradesh. This is where Baba Barbhag Singh of the Sodhi clan undertook penance.

A wizard with watercolours
Derek Bose
T a time when art dealers in India talk of permanence and lasting value for paintings, Samir Mondal would seem to be ploughing a lone furrow. As the nation’s best-known "watercolour man", he has few peers and today, makes it his mission to promote the medium to the exclusion of all else!

  • SITES AND SCENESMystic Mandi and its colourful Mahashivratri
    by Prabodh Saxena

  • FASHIONMaking designer statements
    by Sumona Roy

  • GOOD MOTORINGIs your retreaded tyre safe?
    by H. Kishie Singh

  • THIS ABOVE ALLFrom herbs to haathis and tigers
    by Khushwant Singh

  • MAILBOX: Will Lagaan win the ultimate Test?